H1N1 virus claims life of E. Texas boy, school takes extra precautions
An Elysian Fields Middle School student, 13, died Tuesday evening of complications from the H1N1 virus.
Elysian Fields Middle School Principal, Maynard Chapman, described Trenton Lindsey as "a great kid and we all loved him very much." Students of Elysian Fields, TX hold a heavy heart after one of their only 1007 students in the Elysian Fields School District died after he contracted pneumonia while having the H1N1 virus. Elysian Fields School Nurse, Tina Parker R.N., told us the entire school district is mourning the loss of one of their students. "Our condolences, hearts and prayers go out to the family," she said.
Students of Elysian Fields Middle and Elementary Schools were able to visit with pastors and counselors throughout the week to help mourn the loss of their friend and classmate. "(The counselors) did a good job of just sitting and listening and just trying to fill their heart with understanding," Chapman said as he explained that the grieving process likely will take many weeks.
Elysian Fields school officials say that they have also taken extra precautions to make sure that all three schools in the district are kept properly sanitized. "There's a broad spectrum anti-microbial total release agent that they're releasing in all classrooms daily," Parker explained. "We have hand sanitizers, sanitary wipes, surface and air disinfectants that are in every classroom." These cleaning techniques also are administered in district school buses.
School officials say that they began increasing cleanings at the start of the flu season in January. Even two days after Lindsey's death, Parker said that she had several parents call her saying that they chose to keep their children home from school. "They were just concerned, obviously, everyone's concerned until they got more information." Principal Chapman reported 25 out of their 268 middle school students stayed home from school on Thursday, which he said was about average.
Thursday afternoon, school officials sent home a letter to parents explaining the cleaning process and encouraging them to continue taking extra precautions to avoid catching the flu including: getting their child a flu shot, taking everyday preventive actions and taking flu antiviral drugs if their child's doctor prescribes them.
The visitation for Trenton Lindsey will be held Friday night from 7-9 p.m. at Downs Funeral Home in Marshall, TX. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Crossroads Baptist Church in Harrison County, TX.